• Connect, a son of Curlin, connects in the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga.Posted 4 hours ago
  • Gold Rush Dancer (14-1) pulls the upset in Del Mar's Real Good Deal Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Haveyougoneaway (7-2) wears down Paulassilverlining to win the Honorable Miss at Saratoga.Posted 2 days ago
  • Exaggerator is going in the Haskell, according to Steve Edelson of the Asbury Park Press.Posted 2 days ago
  • The Gurkha wins a Sussex thriller over Galileo Gold and Ribchester.Posted 2 days ago
  • Amis Gizmo romps home in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.Posted 3 days ago
  • Long On Value (7-2) cuts back and rolls in the Lucky Coin Stakes.Posted 4 days ago
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 5 days ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 5 days ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 5 days ago

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Did not see that coming. Totally thought he'd go to the Jim dandy. Very confusing as Keith said he has not been training well and he can't figure out why yet let's send him again Nyquist and gun runner instead of the Jim dandy where I thought he had a great shot to win it
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  • bronzeprincess33 · If this race comes up sloppy (or even if it doesn't, really), and he loses to Nyquist, then he can pretty much kiss the Eclipse Award goodbye. They're taking a big risk here, and I'm not sure it'll pay off. · 1 day ago
  • Bill Harman via Disqus · Same~ · 17 minutes ago
1st- Blofeld 2nd- Scuba 3rd- Bradester
4th race at Del Mar saw 2yr.old filly With Honors (Warfront),win in her first start impressively,on the Jimmy Durante turf. Keith Desormeaux is the trainer,and it's rare he has a first time out winner on the grass. So,there's good reason to be optimistic about her.
Gotta love the logic I'm reading here that Dortmund's first race as a 4yo off 8 months coming back from hoof injuries and making his first start of the year was 'his best race'. First it's Chrome beats Dortmund easily by open lengths then when Dortmund almost wins it's because of 5lbs and because Chrome ran a path out from Dortmund and now it's 'that was Dortmund's best race' and that Baffert had him %100 while Chrome was only %80 even though Chrome has been in training far longer this year than Dortmund has. Let's ignore that Chrome ran the race of his life in the DWC and then was able to get back in training only 6 weeks later. No physical setbacks, hasn't missed a beat. The year has gone as well as it could for Chrome while Dortmund has had many set backs. Dortmund is clearly getting faster as he matures and gets older. His speed figures have been rising with each start since he came back later in his 3yo year. No reason he does not continue to improve with more starts and maturity as he's been doing.
  • By The Numbers via Disqus · I love "chromie" logic. If you go to B-H's article on the entries/PP's of the San Diego, 99% of the comments by Chrome supporters were to the tune of "Dortmund has no place here" "Chrome in a romp" etc. But now that Dortmund eyeballs their champion and came a just a long neck short of victory - well this was Dortmund's best chance to beat Chrome. Or my favorite, "Chrome wasn't even in top gear". Like WHAT?!?!? It was a photo finish, of course he was in top gear. Dortmund will improve many many lengths next out. If you watch the replay, Gary was already hard riding Dortmund approaching the 3/4's - Dortmund has the ability to run the straight with Chrome on heart alone. Next time when he isn't coming off 8 months, he won't be running the stretch on just heart and Chrome will be no match · 3 days ago
  • richard jaimungal via Disqus · Cc 113 in the classic was his best numbers ..but remember what AS said..he wish that he had one more week to tighten him up a bit..he will run faster..and there is the possability that Dortmund could bounce from running so hard in his first race back..but then again..who knows.. · 1 hour ago
duelazo, muchachos, si se da this match
Connect won; Gift Box second! Time was 1:48.69. Nicely done by Chad Brown's starters!
Great Race!! On to the Travers now let's get this next one
Per the Bloodhorse Mark Casse said Tepin will not run in the Fourstardave and may be pointed for the Ballston Spa instead. It is not definite as the Woodbine Mile is still her main objective but a possible matchup against the returning Lady Eli would be one of the highlights of the meet.
Mark Casse announced today that Tepin will pass the Fourstardave and may be pointed to the Ballston Spa on August 27 instead. That would be a matchup against Lady Eli as Chad Brown has said that will be Lady Eli's comeback race. Casse stated thet the Woodbine Mile is still the major target for Tepin but the Ballston Spa may be used as a prep.
YESS!! Connect wins!! Another Stakes winner for Curlin, gamely holds off Gift Box. A son of Curlin wins the Curlin Stakes. NICE!!
Sensational effort in a very good time on a demanding surface.
How great is it that Curlin is trending nationally on twitter.
Way to go Connect. Another stakes winner for Curlin. Wins his dads race. ( Cutlin Stakes)
Gift Box Uncle Vinny Forever D"oro Connect
Alabama? Perfect. Go up against Songbird and see how good OTT is... Songbird is just a thrill to watch.
Sad news as claibornefarm announces that MG1 winner and top sire Seeking The Gold was euthanized July 28 from infirmities of old age at 31.
  • Goblin · Know it has to be very sad for the caregivers at Claiborne as they say good-bye to their long time stallion. His pedigree is literally replete with legends of the track; and he sired wonderful runners such as Dubai Millennium, Flanders, Heavenly Prize and others. He will be greatly missed. RIP, Seeking The Gold. · 9 hours ago
Interesting move by the Exaggerator connections sending him to Monmouth. I read that he had two "dull" workouts in Saratoga so I'm assuming they're sending him here hoping the surface change will help. Hard to see Nyquist losing here though due to the fact that Monmouth is all about speed and he has the ability to win from the front (assuming Gutierrez doesn't gas him out again). In either way it should be a good race. I think Gun Runner is perfect for this distance and I'm just sitting here waiting for Brody's Cause to return to his 2 yo form as well.
  • Lkb via Disqus · Probably has something to do with the fact they are expecting rain Sunday in NJ and not on Saturday in NY. · 2 days ago
  • Jerzmade · Totally scared Brody's cause away I'm pissed cuz I wanted to see Brody's cause in person my. Brothers name is Brody so it was gonna be a exotic play As well lol · 9 hours ago
Indeed Paladin, and one has to praise Claiborne Farms for taking such wonderful care of this fine stallion. Green pastures and former acquaintances await Seeking The Gold, he won't be alone. Rest in Peace dear Seeking The Gold.
Be interesting to see Nyquist off a long layoff. I still believe he's the beast of this field,but Mario needs to be a little more patient,and not get into a speed duel with Gun Runner.Nyquist can rate,but I feel Gun Runner will have a lot to say about the outcome. May all horses and jocks stay safe.
Parx Racing 7/28/2016 Dirt 5F 58.61 Breezing 1/9

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Long story short, I took the long road getting involved in the industry. I did not get into horse racing until 2008 when I came to Louisville for college.

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